Truflo Marine attends launch of Anti - Air Warfare destroyer Defender
The event was attended by two Truflo Marine team members Brian Woodley, Project Manager and Paul Walton, Project Engineer who have both expressed what an honour and privilege it was to attend. Brian and Paul had a pivotal role in managing the multi-million pound contract for the supply of approximately 3,800 valves for each ship.
Truflo Marine manufactured the entire critical high integrity ball; plug and swing check valves along with the High Pressure Air Reducing and Distribution Manifolds. These products are all manufactured at their manufacturing plant in Birmingham, UK.
Truflo Marine also project managed over a dozen suppliers for the supply of all valves and actuators for the vessels. As part of this service Truflo Marine introduced new suppliers into this market as well as delivering significant cost-savings for the shipbuilder.
The ceremony commenced with an introduction from Mr Alan Johnstone CBE, the Chief Executive of BAE Systems Surface Ships; As she stands of the shipyard of Govan, Defender is already 67% complete, a remarkable feat for such as complex warship. Mr Johnstone went on to praise the continuous efforts of his own teams and the many suppliers and contractors who have contributed enormously in getting her to such an advanced state.
The naming and launch are key events in the life of Defender as she starts her time afloat. Ahead of her lies a taxing programme of system commissioning and vigorous tests prior to sea trials and then acceptance into the Royal Navy. Like her sister vessels, Defender represents a giant leap forward in design, technology and capability.
Truflo Marine, Tel: 0121 327 4789
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